Many of the ills that plague today’s Bengal can be traced back to his days at the helm of affairs in the state. To mention a few are causing the industries to flee Bengal, stopping teaching of English in the primary classes, losing crucial first-mover advantage with regard to the use of computers, and so on.
When a fire destroys homes of some 450 people, only in Calcutta do people’s leaders stop fire tenders from reaching the site. When an ambulance is desperate to reach a hospital with a dying man in it, only in Calcutta, political activists stop it and think nothing of letting the sick man suffer or even die.
The challenge to contain Chinese threat is immense, if only because that country is more powerful and wealthy than India. But one feels reasonably sure that in another ‘9 years’ from today India will find itself on firm footing for anyone to even dare write any ‘plan to balkanise’ the country.
Not since the underground Metro did Bengal stand to receive so much from the Indian Railway. It’s stupendous by any standard, and what is a surprise is that not many from outside Bengal are wagging a finger at this shower of ‘gifts’ on Bengal. Nitpickers may argue where from so much money will come, the […]
Though feed-readers to this blog are steadily increasing, I feel guilty for not writing posts for a long time. This would perhaps have continued for some more time had it not for the fact that I somehow felt compelled to pen my thoughts on the failure of the left parties in the elections just gone. […]
The year gone by was so eventful that I instinctively waited for the last day to pass and then another before venturing to write about it. I’d say I’m rewarded for holding patience a tad bit longer for otherwise I could have missed mentioning the historic landslide win of the Awami League alliance in neighboring […]
[Image source] The spectacular debacle of the world financial order will resonate longer than we can imagine. Experts say India may not suffer beyond some deep cuts and bruises from the catastrophe precipitated by the greedy US financial institutes. And that will be for the reason that India is not yet highly exposed to the […]
The debate has begun in earnest…whether Nano factory would have been good for the state. In teashops and street-corners animated discussions could be seen that catch the mood of ordinary people on the street. In one such where I chanced upon, the prominent view was that nothing much would happen if Nano moved out from […]
September 2008 will go down in the history of the nation as the month when India finally received waiver from the 45-nation strong Nuclear Suppliers Group for dealing and trading in nuclear fuel. India’s admission to the ‘august’ group seems to have great portents that will gradually unfold as against the solution of more pronounced […]
Those who grew in Kolkata during better part of 70s would remember the ricocheting sound of hundreds of voices marching on the streets chanting with clenched fists that kicked the air above. These happened nearly daily, sometimes twice or thrice a day, as the voices chorused: Markin sambrajyabad nipat jakTata Birla, dur hoto. Roughly translated, […]